Monday, November 24, 2008

Barack Obama's Team Takes my Advice about their YouTube White House Videos. You're Welcome.

...................................After....................................... Directly above are two still video images, in my opinion the second video still is a definite improvement over the one above it (the one at the very top of this article). Many of the flaws I pointed out in a prior article have been corrected to my specifications (hehehe). I might have been the only one on the internet to critique and point out the flaws in Barack Obama's prior youtube videos. I would hope the news media, if they go with this story, credit both and blogs.

Notice the head space has been reduced and the brightness of the flag has been toned down. The wall color too closely matched Barack's own skin color in the prior video and now has been corrected. The background has been changed to blue, with a white center to outline Mr. Obama's head better. The distance to the background and the plant appears to have been increased. The red flat stripes are not as fiery red as before.

The chair is still iffy to me. If the highback of the chair did not grow out of the back of his head, it might make his ears look too big, so they probably can't go any lower with the high back. Anyways, big ears are probably a good thing as it may mean he listens to others moreso than the current president, who seemed to be too busy trying to flag God down for one on ones and appeared to ignore many other capable people's opinons.

Overall this is a huge improvement over the previous youtube videos. You can read my prior article at this link, or, it also reprinted below. Friendly Advice for Barack Obama's YouTube Videos...SIT ON A BOOK!

(Prior article reprinted below)

I don't understand how a president that staged an alleged 200,000 people gathering in Germany can't get his YouTube White House speeches to look, um, normal. The chair back is at precisely the wrong height. The result is I feel like I am looking at a gawky 10th grader.
Sit on a thick Yellow Pages book, Barack. This will instantly do two things, it will lower the chair back in relation to your neck and head to the proper height, and it will also slightly raise you in the frame to the right height. Plus, you get to keep the high back chair for when you want to take a snooze and don't want your neck flopping backwards. Add more space to the back wall from yourself as well.
I only made one change in the framing up above, yet doesn't Barack Obama already look more presidential than before? Keep in mind that in some of the original video, Barack Obama is actually looking up in the frame, I ignored those frames and chose one that benefits him by having his eye line look straight into the camera rather than up.

The american flag should not be at your side, bigger and brighter than you. The flag should be behind you, and not so bright. I'd put the flag where the plant is, and the plant where the flag is.

I'll be watching to see how long it takes for someone to point out these somewhat obviously flawed video design choices and for you to "change" them. Perhaps there is a master plan to start Barack Obama looking like a tenth grader early on, but then over time the framing changes will reveal a more strident, confident, Barack "Zeus" Obama ???

I have a suggestion. Why can't Barack Obama start with his back to us, and spin around like Captain Kirk from the original Star Trek series. To help stimulate the american economy, how about Barack Obama use a different made in america chair each week, and kindly announce where the chair came from. Maybe a pizza gets delivered in the middle of the presentation, name clearly visible on the pizza box.

Just trying to help out.


Edit note, I FORGOT to add one more thing that I originally noticed, but they have now taken care of it. Barack's skin color is far to close to the background wall color, and now the background color has been fixed as well.


Double Jointed Fingers said...

Great blog!

In the second picture I see a little knob on the very top of his head. What in the world is that?

Alessandro Machi said...

Good eye. I have a theory about that. In video, if field resolution is used instead of frame resolution, half of the video information is actually missing. That might create what sort of looks like a "stairstep" affect on the top of Barack Obama's head.

So I think that is hair in half resolution mode. This is one of the most glaring things that 99% of people who make videos never seem to learn. When only half the resolution is used, eyes and teeth, and in this instance hair, ends up looking funky.

Good catch.

I'm also trying to figure out what that white thing is partially covering the green plant.

Double Jointed Fingers said...


You sure know your video! I prefer to think the thing on the top of his head is a knob. Remember those dolls that used to be around where you could change the face of the doll from smiling to frowning by turning the head around? This just may be an updated version - the concerned I feel you pain look on one side and the presidential look on the other. All with a twist of the knob. ;-)

Alessandro Machi said...

lol, the question becomes, if you are right, is that a good thing, or a bad thing?